New Gaming Rig

Alright so a couple years back I had no computer knowledge and I still barely have any.... but instead of being suckered into buying a pre made piece of junk with crappy support and parts, I thought I'd try my hand at building my own.

My previous purchase was a Blackbird 002 when they were in their prime.... now.... not so much. So I have this huge case that wil fit anything (I used to have twin 8800 ultra, quad core all liquid cooled.)

Now I'm thinking of gutting the case (and the water cooling for seeing as I won't need it) and using that as my base. (Note that everything fried once the warranty was up.... so yeah nothing aside from the media reader, DVD drive and one hard drive works now.)

I will be making all purchases from


ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - 230$


XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 410$

(I am getting this for the future... once they go down around 40% I'll be getting a second one, basically why I chose this over twin 5770)


AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX - 300$



CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 - 205$

(Figured I don't need more then that)


Corsair P128 CMFSSD-128GBG2D 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 250$


Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive

(On top of my 500gb storage unit that's still good)


ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - 190$

(mine has a bunch of dead pixels in it might be getting a second one for use with my wacom tablet)

That's my base right now.... like I said I have a slimline DVD burner and Media card reader.

All that's missing really is a PSU (not sure what wattage to get) and maybe a better sound card then the onboard one...

If I missed anything go ahead and tell me, I will also take any tips you have :)

Edit: Will also be needing a good mouse and keyboard.
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  1. For crossfire purposes and since you have a lot of different parts, I would go with a corsair 850w Power supply. I would also switch out the x6 1090t for the i7 930 since it performs better in games the the 1090t, and its cheaper. Otherwise, looks good.

    Good motherboard:

    If you have a micro center nearby, I think that they sell the i7 for $200.


    Good mouse:
    Good keyboard:
  2. Unless you're going to use multi-threaded apps that can specifically make any use of more than 4 cores, the 1090t is a waste of cash. A Phenom II 965 is cheaper and usually OC's much better.

    That or swap the whole AMD-based idea and spend similar cash on an i5-750 build, or a bit more on an i7-930 build. (Mobo cost drives i7 cost up some.)
  3. I would keep the AMD thing.
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